- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland’s president has announced the creation of a group that will consider a possible name change for the school’s football stadium.

The Byrd Stadium Naming Work Group will hold its first meeting Monday, The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/1OxipyW) reported.

President Wallace D. Loh said the group is meant to provide a “thoughtful and balanced assessment of possible options” regarding the stadium’s name.

The group is made up of 19 faculty and staff members, students and alumni. It will be chaired by Bonnie Thornton Dill, dean of Maryland’s College of Arts & Humanities.

A coalition of student groups have long advocated for a new stadium name, saying that Byrd Stadium’s namesake, former university president H.C. “Curley” Byrd, was a racist and a segregationist whose beliefs go against Maryland’s flagship school’s mission and principles.

In April, the school’s student government agreed to a resolution in support of a name change.

The group’s final report is due to Loh in December.

In a phone interview, Colin Byrd, a senior sociology major at Maryland who also leads the student coalition, said he hopes a name change can be made at an earlier date and was cautious in his assessment of the name-change process.

“I am very concerned about actually what this does mean. I’m skeptical about the nature and the causes of this particular action,” Colin Byrd said of the formation of the work group. “In terms of getting us closer to what the university’s ultimate decision will be . now there is a little bit more certainty about the timeline for a decision. So that’s positive, but I don’t want to go as far as celebrate.”


Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com

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